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Review Of Literature WomenMothers Infected with AIDS As stated by Ruth Ann Van Loon in Redefining Motherhood Adaptation to role change for women with AIDS women represent 16 of all adults infected with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome more commonly referred to as AIDS In 1998 studies revealed women were being infected with the virus at a faster rate then men A staggering 57 of females infected with the disease are African American and 27 of those infected are Hispanic 21 of women infected with AIDS are in their twenties Although the age group with the highest percentage of women infected with the epidemic are women in there thirties which constitutes for 43 of females infected with AIDS Women in their forties similar to women in their twenties make up 21 of the AIDS infected female population In 1999 studies show that 40 of women contracted the disease through heterosexual relations 42 of contracted the disease through injecting illegal substances The 15 that was originally reported no risk factor was actually followed up and as a result two thirds of those cases were because of heterosexual relationspg2 The HIV transmission risks reported by the women included sex with an intravenous drug user 27 sex with seropositive partner 60 sex with a partner who had bartered sex for money or drugs 13 or sex with a gay or bisexual partner23 Twenty nine percent of the women reported drugs during their life time Gardner Preator pg2 The aforementioned quote has showed the various ways of contracting the AIDS virus 75 of female patients that fall in to the afore stated categories mentioned were parents Many children are orphaned due to the illness they are the reffered to as AIDS orphans These children give the evidence of how many mothers die of AIDS by estimating the amount of children that were given up for adoption due to the death of the mother as a
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